Telemedicine April 2022

We are combining our Telemedicine and Virtual Care reports into Telemedicine News and Updates. We are seeking out the latest developments around Telemedicine. How is telemedicine used to benefit patients and care givers? What are the newest innovations in telemedicine technology? How telehealth and virtual care fit into the realm of Telemedicine.

Industry News:

ATA2022 Main Stage Series: Telehealth Experts, Disrupters and Decision-Makers
The American Telemedicine Association (@AmericanTelemed) announced the Main Stage lineup at ATA2022, featuring keynote presentations and fireside chats that will deliver the latest thinking on the state of telehealth and a provocative discussion on the path forward for virtual care in a hybrid delivery system. ATA2022, taking place May 1-3 in Boston, is the event of record for telehealth.

eVisit Becomes Top Level Member of the American Telemedicine Association
In keeping with its commitment to simplify healthcare delivery to everyone, everywhere, eVisit (@evisit) announced it has become a top level member of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and will be exhibiting in booth #3201 at ATA2022, the telehealth event of record, May 1-3, 2022, in Boston.

Iris Telehealth Raises $40 Million in Series B Funding to Combat Behavioral Healthcare Crisis
Iris Telehealth (@iristelehealth), a provider of telepsychiatry services for health systems and community health centers across the U.S., announced that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding, led by Concord Health Partners. With this funding, Iris will accelerate its plans to improve outcomes for patients with serious mental illness by further assisting their partner healthcare organizations in helping care for and triage patients across the continuum, matching the right next level of care with each patient.

Amwell Accelerates Integration of Conversa Health
Amwell® (@amwell), a software company enabling digital delivery of care for healthcare’s key stakeholders, announced that it has reached an agreement to shorten the earnout period associated with its acquisition of Conversa Health, the automated care company it purchased in August, 2021.

SOC Telemed Completes Acquisition by Patient Square Capital
SOC Telemed, Inc. (@SOCTelemed), a national provider of acute care telemedicine, announced the completion of its previously announced transaction to be acquired by Patient Square Capital, a leading dedicated health care investment firm, in an all-cash transaction.

Medical University of South Carolina, a National Telehealth Center of Excellence, Partners with Andor Health to Drive AI Innovation to the Virtual Health Model
Andor Health (@andor_health), the company that harnesses machine and human intelligence to configure and orchestrate the way care teams connect and collaborate, partners with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC Health) to enable innovations in AI to drive sustainability in virtual health.

Product News:

Let’s Talk Interactive Achieves HIPAA Compliance with Compliancy Group
Let’s Talk Interactive, Inc.,(@LetsTalkInter) a provider of customizable telehealth solutions, is pleased to announce that it has achieved compliance with the federally mandated standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) through the use of Compliancy Group’s proprietary methodology and its The Guard® HIPAA compliance tracking software, and has received the HIPAA Seal of Compliance®.

Policy News:

To Read:

Mental Health vs. Primary Care: How Americans Are Using Telehealth by US News & World Report – Social workers and psychiatrists are among the providers Americans are frequently visiting via telehealth, highlighting the pandemic’s continued mental health impact.

A Framework for Designing Excellent Virtual Health Care by Harvard Business Review – The pandemic heightened awareness of the promise of virtual care but realizing it is proving challenging. A framework developed by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School can help. It prioritizes the needs of both patients and caregivers.

Latest News from the FCC:

FCC Sets July 31, 2022 Purchase Deadline for C-19 Telehealth Program
By this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) sets July 31, 2022, as the deadline for Round 2 COVID-19 Telehealth Program (COVID-19 Program) funding recipients to purchase eligible devices and implement eligible services. A purchase and implementation deadline is necessary for efficient Program administration, as it ensures that Program funds are used in a timely fashion, and it will allow for a subsequent invoicing deadline, which will be announced at a later date.

To Listen:

HealthcareNOW Radio Telehealth Playlist
The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines telehealth as “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.” To learn more and find out about the latest in telehealth tune in to the episodes on this playlist. Additionally, be sure to read HCNR’s Friday Five which recaps the site’s month long concentration on telehealth.

Defining the Industry According to the AAFP:

Telemedicine is the practice of medicine using technology to deliver care at a distance. It occurs using a telecommunications infrastructure between a patient (at an originating or spoke site) and a physician or other practitioner licensed to practice medicine (at a distant or hub site).

Virtual Care is a patient service model for healthcare providers.

Telehealth refers to a broad collection of electronic and telecommunications technologies that support health care delivery and services from distant locations. Telehealth technologies support virtual medical, health, and education services.

Hashtags to follow for updates on Telemedicine:
During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, we don’t have to choose between medical care and social distancing. When patients can get health care through telehealth — and doctors can provide it — we protect ourselves and our communities. The website provides information about the latest federal efforts to support and promote telehealth services.

The American Telemedicine Association Events
ATA is a non-profit association based in Washington DC with a membership network of more than 10,000 industry leaders and healthcare professionals. We are a leading telehealth association helping to transform healthcare by improving the quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world. Find their next event.

Upcoming Events


ATA2022 Annual Conference & Expo (@AmericanTelemed)

What: ATA2022 Annual Conference & Expo
When: May 1-3, 2022
Where: In Person Boston, MA
Register Now.

ATA2022 will showcase a mix of practical applications of telehealth – from preventative and primary care to behavioral health and other areas of specialty care — and hands-on workshops, mixed with luminary vision of important next steps for telehealth’s future.